Two killed in accident on I-75
PINCONNING TWP. — Two occupants in a van were killed in a three-car accident on I-75 Feb. 7, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police.
Leeford Todd, 60, and his son Bryan Todd, 36, of Prudenville, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred around 12:30 p.m. Friday.
The MSP said an investigation into the accident showed that the father and son were traveling southbound on the expressway in a Pontiac Torrent, which struck the rear of a Bay County Road Commission plow truck that was also headed southbound. After colliding with the plow truck, the van reportedly spun out of control and was struck by a southbound semi.
According to the state police’s press release, the plow truck was blading the outside shoulder of the right lane and due to high winds, could have caused white out conditions behind it.
“The van struck the rear of the snowplow with significant force, indicating that the driver may not have seen the snowplow,” the press release said.
The accident occurred near mile marker 185 and caused emergency officials to shut down a portion of the highway for approximately three hours. Drivers were unable to get on I-75 at the 188 onramp in Arenac County, as the Standish Area Fire Authority and Arenac County Road Commission had vehicles parked near the ramp blocking entrance.
Mutual aid was provided by the Pinconning-Fraser Fire Department, the Bay County Sheriff’s Department, MMR and McLaren Ambulance. The Standish Area Fire Authority, Sterling Area Fire Department and the Arenac County Road Commission provided traffic control in Arenac County.